Joan Kapowich joins Providence as accountable care leader in Oregon

January 20, 2015
Joan Kapowich, former administrator of the state of Oregon’s Public Employees Benefit Board and Oregon Educators Benefit Board, is joining Providence Health & Services as its new executive for accountable care in Oregon. 

In her new role, Kapowich will lead the overall operation of Providence’s accountable, risk-bearing contracts directly with payers and employers in Oregon. Working with Providence Medical Group, she will focus on both clinical outcomes and excellent member experience. 

She will work closely with Providence’s acute care clinical programs, ambulatory, physician and clinical services, and will be establishing and enhancing working relationships with external partners as well. 

“Joan is a tremendous addition to our team,” said Dave Underriner, chief executive for Providence in Oregon. “We worked closely with her during her time at the state, and know that we will build on that experience as we look for new opportunities to create healthier communities.” 

During her time at the state, Kapowich led the development of the medical home concept on behalf of state employees. She also was active in the creation of health and wellness programs and led efforts to improve services available to PEBB and OEBB members. 

“I’m excited about coming to Providence, and look forward to working even more closely with the teams here as we focus on new models of health care,” said Kapowich. 

In addition to her time with PEBB and OEBB, Kapowich has worked for SAIF Corporation and the Oregon Office of Medical Assistance Programs and has taught health policy and politics courses at Western Oregon University. 

Kapowich is a registered nurse and received her undergraduate degree in sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.